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Taunton locals Paul and Jack moved into their brand new, three-bedroom waterside villa at Firepool Lock at the beginning of March, having spent several years living in the local area.

Paul Roberts OBE, chief executive of the LGBT Consortium, had spent the past 15 years renovating properties and selling them, after deciding that new-build properties weren’t for him. Paul notes, “I didn’t think I could afford a new build home, and was always put off by bog-standard houses with no personal touches.”

In early 2017 Paul and Jack, an events manager from Taunton, initially set out to renovate yet another property. However, the couple were immediately attracted to a three-bedroom waterside villa at Firepool Lock, praising its contemporary design, large garage and views over the river. The spacious layout of the villa, which is set over three floors, gives Paul the space and flexibility to work most of the week from home.

Since making the move to Firepool Lock in March, Paul and Jack have been enjoying their proximity to the canal and have been getting outside with their two dogs more than ever. Paul said, “We love being able to sit out on our balcony with the dogs and enjoy a bottle of wine.”

The location of Firepool Lock was also a huge selling point for Paul and Jack, who have an affinity with the West Country and were drawn to this up-and-coming part of Taunton. Homes at Firepool Lock are just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, putting Taunton’s station within easy access of the development with its excellent train links to cities such as Bristol, Bath and Cardiff.

The couple concluded by saying that “For us, buying our home at Firepool Lock has been all about enjoying our lifestyle. Whilst buying a house was a big decision for us, Crest Nicholson made the process easy. We’re happy to be taking a break from renovating and have enjoyed getting underway with our interior design.”

Waterside villa homes at Firepool Lock are available to move into now from £295,000 or just £236,000 using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. For more information, call 01823 271196, or visit;